Our country girls are off to London, to compete on the international stage at the world’s most famous rowing event, the Henley Royal Regatta. Throughout the 2018/19 domestic season the Kinross Wolaroi Schoolgirl Quad Scull has remained undefeated, which included a commanding win at the Australian Rowing Championships. We are delighted that the crew has been seeded to compete for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) from July 3-7. The crew will be departing on Monday June 24, and in the UK for two weeks. We hope you will support the girls to raise the funds they need to compete!
HRR is quintessentially British, and a sporting and social highlight of the British summer calendar. The regatta was established in 1839 and is regarded as the most prestigious rowing regatta in the world, and prized by school, university, club, international and Olympic rowers alike.
Our crew will be the first to ever compete for Kinross Wolaroi School at HRR. The crew will be competing for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, against other Junior Women’s Quad Sculls from all over the world. The winner of the event in 2018 was a very strong crew from the USA.
The students involved are all from regional families;
Jetta Kennett – Harden, NSW
Bridget Yeomans – Walgett, NSW
Lucy Jenkins – Nyngan, NSW
Isabella Scammell – Cowra, NSW
Freya Neville – Orange, NSW
The crew are coached by dual Olympian, science teacher and KWS Head Rowing Coach Sarah Cook, and accompanied by Master-In-Charge of Rowing Tobias Wehr-Candler, a former Rowing World Champion.
The cost to the families of these students is significant, and challenging given these areas are either experiencing drought or extreme drought. To continue to have rowing in Central West NSW through this prolonged drought is very special for the community, and shows the resilience of these young women as they compete against crews with a much smoother journey to Henley Royal Regatta.
Being such a worthwhile endeavour and an incredible achievement, we would like to support these young women and their families in any way we can. We hope the local community will help them to achieve their goals and dreams, and in doing so inspire and demonstrate that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
We have managed to reduce the costs of the campaign through the generosity of a local school in Oxford offering us accommodation and meals during our training camp prior to the regatta, a boat and oars to use, and we are searching for the most affordable travel options. However, the costs for the girls and their coaches to attend are still considerable, particularly due to the exchange rate with the British Pound, and the competition being held in the peak British summer travel time.
The families of these young women would greatly appreciate your support in celebrating the campaign the crew is undertaking to Henley Royal Regatta, as they seek assistance towards a total cost of approximately $30,000 Australian Dollars ($6,000 each). We sincerely thank you in advance for being so supportive of these inspiring and fantastic young women, and assisting them in realising their potential. This will undoubtedly be the start of an incredible journey in the sport for these athletes which has the potential to change the course of their lives, of which you can play a small but important part.